“With the current and projected impact of women-led business on the world’s economies, the leadership-gender issue has become a significant one” said Liz Barbaro Sant, member of the Board of Management of the Malta Chamber.
She was addressing the first Arab-European Businesswomen Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julian’s, earlier this morning. Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Promotion, Honourable Carmelo Abela, Dr. Amal Jadou from the Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President of UAE Businesswomen Club, Sheikha Dr Hind Al-Qassimi also addressed this event.
Ms Barbaro Sant noted the importance of closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship and creating a diverse workforce, from gender to culture, which could foster creativity and innovation. She said that “Companies who prioritise and promote a diverse and inclusive work environment tend to benefit from the creative and innovative ideas that push organisations to the next level.”
She added that this can be achieved through access to all forms of capital, including funding and training, but also through promoting dialogue on women entrepreneurship, gaining insight and advice from exchanging experiences and forging partnerships among governments and stakeholders.
Ms Barbaro Sant remarked that these are all opportunities which such a Forum aims to create, and which can further “magnify our impact in our support for women entrepreneurship by building stronger networks.”
In addition, the Forum sought to establish connections and business relations with women entrepreneurs in Europe in different sectors, exploring opportunities of investment, trade and business connections between EU Business Society and Arab Businesswomen in particular. Businesswomen from Jordan, Palestine, UAE, Kuwait, Mauritania, Kurdistan and Algeria have travelled to Malta and joined the discussions on the various topics which were tackled from European and Arab perspectives.